Excel Shortcuts

BY STANLEY ZAROWIN

Ctrl+1: Displays the Format Cells dialog box
Ctrl+9: Hides selected rows
Ctrl+0: Hides selected columns
Ctrl+(: Unhides any hidden rows within the selection
Ctrl+): Unhides any hidden columns within the selection
Ctrl+~: Applies the general number format
Ctrl+$: Applies the currency format with two decimal places (negative numbers in parentheses)
Ctrl+%: Applies the percentage format with no decimal places.

Stanley Zarowin, a former JofA senior editor, is now a contributing editor to the magazine. His e-mail address is zarowin@mindspring.com .

Do you have technology questions for this column? Or, after reading an answer, do you have a better solution? Send them to contributing editor Stanley Zarowin via e-mail at zarowin@mindspring.com or regular mail at the Journal of Accountancy, 201 Plaza Three, Harborside Financial Center, Jersey City, NJ 07311-3881.

Because of the volume of mail, we regret we cannot individually answer submitted questions. However, if a reader’s question has broad interest, I will answer it in a forthcoming Technology Q&A column.

On occasion you may find you cannot implement a function I describe in this column. More often than not it’s because not all functions work in every operating system or application. I try to test everything in the 2000 and XP editions of Windows and Office. It’s virtually impossible to test them in all editions and it’s equally difficult to find out which editions are incompatible with a function. I apologize for the inconvenience.

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